Sustainable Food Center


Gardening Opening

Visit the Teaching Garden

On Earth Day, SFC celebrated the official Grand Opening of the St. David’s Foundation Community Garden and JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Teaching Garden. From a seed of an idea, thanks to the generosity and support of St. David's Foundation, John Paul DeJoria and JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, H-E-B, Linda & Nick van Bavel, Annette Renaud, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Austin Parks Foundation, Warren Skaaren Charitable Trust and countless others, the garden has finally fully blossomed into life! While the space is still under construction and growing daily, visitors can experience various gardening techniques for both beginners and advanced gardeners. The space has already hosted our first Special Topics Garden Class on rain gardens in March, several Citizen Gardener classes, and will continue to host more hands-on classes, field trips and summer camps, tours and volunteer days, and drop-in visitors. This garden is a place where our best ideas for self-sufficient food production come to life, and we can't wait to share it with our community.




Celebrate Herbs at SFC Farmers' Markets

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme . . . And basil, chives, and mint, too! May is herbs month at SFC—we’re celebrating an abundance of these fragrant, intensely-flavored edibles at the farmers’ markets. Think pesto, mojitos, marinades, compound butter and oh-so-much more—visit the markets to see what’s growing. Want inspiration for your market finds? Visit our Edible Herb Garden Pinterest Board and let these special culinary botanicals be a true love of yours.


Cucumbers and Squash

Make Soup for Supper

Some people are born chefs. That’s not David Ansel. The story of the Soup Peddler is a love story at heart. In love with a girl, a town, a way of life and inspired by the flavors he’d encountered in his travels, David set out on a classic Austin journey: he started his own thing. After rounding up a few adventurous subscribers, David outfitted his bike with a milk crate and started delivering containers of soup to his friends in South Austin (including that girl). As he pedaled his creations, week in and week out, his fan base grew (they call themselves “soupies”) and gradually David got the attention of local, and then national, press – including the Food Network, Food & Wine Magazine and NPR’s The Splendid Table. His book, “The Soup Peddler’s Slow and Difficult Soups,” is an illustrated, fictionalized memoir of his early years, with recipes.

Read Our Interview with David »»


Farm to Plate
The local food event of the year is almost here and we have just a few tickets left! Click here for details and tickets »

Lemonade Day at Marye's Gourmet Pizza
On May 4th from 11am - 4pm, order the pizza-by-the-slice and BeeSweet Lemonade combo and 50% of all proceeds will benefit SFC and our new teaching garden and observation bee hive. Click here for more info »

Vote now! SXSWeco PanelPicker is officially open.
Help us make sure our inspiring “See How Our Garden Grows” panel makes it to SXSWeco by voting here »

Moontower Co-op’s Farm Social
At Tecolote Farm on Saturday, May 3rd. Click here for tickets and more details »

Save the date for The Gelato World Tour!
Sixteen of the best gelato artisans chefs from the United States will compete to create the world’s best gelato flavor. Learn the art, taste the flavors, vote for your favorite. At Republic Square Park next to SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown May 10th. Click here for details and the full weekend schedule »

Upcoming SFC Volunteer Orientations
At Sustainable Food Center, May 27 and June 17. RSVP is required. Click here for more info »





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